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Debbie

Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States

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  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1109)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Wally Lamb - PLEASE WRITE MORE!!!"
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    I love Wally Lamb's writing - it's dark and deep. He explores areas of the human condition that we would rather not talk about or think about - from mental illness to incest. Every family has it's problems - and Wally Lamb does an excellent job at bringing you into the inner circle of these families. I likes the narration also - usually I do not like too many narrators in one story - but all of these people bring to the book a different quality - I have also found that authors are not the best narrators - but Mr. Lamb has proven me wrong - I like his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2696)
    Performance
    (1992)
    Story
    (2000)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "A long story - but worth it in the end"
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    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Ending was awesome


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When men were men!


    Any additional comments?

    A hard to believe true story of true Endurance. The name of the ship sums up the never say die attitude of the men - and how they made it through a grueling 2 years of survival in a very inhospitable place. Would be interesting to know how they men fared in their later years and what the captain did after this voyage.

    The story is told from the diaries the men kept - so it is very detailed - day by day events. Which sometimes got boring - and had me wishing they would fast forward through some of it - but it was worth finishing... Ending was awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (515)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "I finished it and liked the ending"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Beginning was slow


    What does Dan Butler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is an OK reader - not someone I would seek out for other books.


    Do you think The Haunted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    One could be written - but I would not seek it out.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an OK book - nothing to send chills up my spine and it was VERY slow in the beginning. The middle to end part was the best part of the book. Glad I stuck with it - but would never make my MUST READ list for others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (808)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "One of Bryce's Best"
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    Any additional comments?

    Bryce has become one of my favorite authors and have listened to many of his books. I still feel that The Power of One is his best - but this one is close. Great story line with some laugh out loud moments - especially with Mole's mother Nancy. And of course the narrator is marvelous - his flawless performance of the accents of the different characters really makes the performance an A+.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5942)
    Performance
    (3854)
    Story
    (3868)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "It's a 10 for sure!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It starts a bit slowly - but like a race car it quickly steps up the pace chapter by chapter. By the end you are racing with emotion. You almost feel like Enzo - you want to SCREAM at the "twins" but can't.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    A Dog's Purpose - as it is told from the dogs perspective


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way he expresses his (Enzo's) emotions is phenomenal. One of the better narrations I have experienced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (428)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "A good listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While this book was very slow in the first part - it picked up with the telling of the "fairy tale" . I liked the narrator and her accent - it kept even the slow parts bearable.. I think if I were reading this I would have quit in the first 1/2 of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Fairy Tale


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Erickson did a great job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6695)
    Performance
    (5958)
    Story
    (5958)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "GREAT BOOK!!"
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    I was not sure what this was about when I purchased it - but so glad I did... It is a little Harry Potterish - with the Magical Circus - and the characters are very well developed. I was hooked from early on never wanted to shut down the recording. Can't wait for her next book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn (Unabriged)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    With the coming of dawn is the coming of death for a captured English officer in British-controlled Palestine. Elisha, a young Israeli freedom fighter, is his executioner. Ordered to kill the officer in reprisal for Britain's execution of a Jewish prisoner, Elisha thinks about his past, a sorrowful memory of the nightmare of Nazi death camps. As the only surviving member of his family, he dreamt of a wonderful future in his promised homeland.

    Debbie says: "Better that DAY - but not as good as NIGHT."
    "Better that DAY - but not as good as NIGHT."
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    This was a book I purchased because I liked his first book NIGHT. This is nothing like NIGHT - has a different character - the story line is OK - but not what NIGHT was.... It's a short read - and George Guidall is spectacular as always..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Day (Unabriged)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (57)

    First published in English under the title The Accident, Elie Wiesel's third novel in his trilogy of Holocaust literature has now adopted Wiesel's original title: Day. In the opening scene, a Holocaust survivor and successful journalist steps off a curb in New York City directly into the pathway of an oncoming cab. As he struggles between life and death, the journalist recalls the effects of the historical tragedy of the Holocaust on himself and his family.

    Debbie says: "Nothing like Night"
    "Nothing like Night"
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    I bought this book because I enjoyed his first book NIGHT so much. This is not an extension of it. It is another character and has a fictional twist to it. It was OK - but would not listen to it again - as I would NIGHT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

    shopgirl says: "Beautifully written, beautifully read."
    "Very Cute Book!"
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    This was a cute - fun read - Zippy is a very unique girl and comes from a unique family. The short stories that tell her life are funny and you can imagine them happening to you. Can't wait to hear the other book from Haven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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